An Intimate Affair

May 20th, 2016

We love to do large weddings but it is also so nice to be able to do an intimate reception for 150 guests.  Nawal and Bilal were such a fun couple and they wanted their wedding to be romantic and elegant.  The design inspiration came from the existing Bay windows in the ballroom. That was the perfect place to put the couple’s stage and make it the focal point in the room so we designed a beautiful floral arch that go over the couple as they sat on stage to take pictures. . The colors were golds and ivories and in order to get a really cozy, intimate feel we had to carpet the ballroom which was completely necessary, as you can see. The idea was to make the space look as if you were entering someone’s home and sitting for dinner in their living room.

There were beautiful Arab traditions throughout the entire evening and the dance floor was never empty. It was an Exquisite occasion :)

 

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Until next time! Have an Exquisite Day!

Madiha

Exquisite Fashion Friday (French Riviera Edition)

May 13th, 2016

The start of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival did not disappoint as the red carpet glamour continued to make its mark on the fashion world. This Exquisite Fashion Friday, we are sharing our favorite looks from the French Riviera’s biggest week.

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Amal Clooney wore a soft yellow Atelier Versace gown with a thigh-high slit and beautiful train. She accessorized her look with bold Cartier earrings and her husband, Mr. George Clooney, as they attended the premiere of his film, Money Monster.

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The fashion stole the show at the premiere of Woody Allen’s new film Café SocietyNaomi Watts continued the spring color trend with an Armani Privé lilac column dress and an one-of-a-kind Bulgari necklace compete with amethysts, aquamarines, rubellites and diamonds.

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Mom-to-be Blake Lively stunned in a bronze beaded cut out Atelier Versace dress with a collection of Lorraine Schwartz rings and cascading diamond earrings.

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Actress Jessica Chastain brought old Hollywood glamour to Cannes in a sunny Armani Privé strapless gown and Piaget jewelry.

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Model Bella Hadid made her first appearance to the festival in an art deco Roberto Cavalli dress embellished in Swarovski crystals and accented with an amazing De Grisogono necklace and jewelry.

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Spring colors, metallics and statement jewelry shined bright in the first couple days of the festival and we are excited to see what other amazing fashion moments are yet to come! Happy Fashion Friday!

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6th, 2016

There is no role in life that is more rewarding-It should be Mother’s Month 😉

We wish you a very Exquisite Mother’s Day with your loved ones! Masquerade

 

Exquisite Fashion Friday

April 29th, 2016

It is always fun receiving an invitation for your friends destination wedding!  Everyone can get together and decompress on a mini-vacation for a few days while celebrating love at a beautiful location.    Here are some of our tips that we have come up with over the years to make sure you are dressed for the occasion :)

  1. Bring Warmth: If it is an outdoor wedding, be sure to bring a scarf or a light shawl. Weather can be unpredictable, especially at the beach so it’s always nice to be prepared. You can have a neutral and colorful optionscarves
  2. Beach Chic: Invest in a nice cover up for those times between the pool and lunch; it can even be worn to one of the informal parties that may be happening on the beachcoverups
  3. Protect your Skin: How many times have you been on vacation and realized that you forgot your sunblock. You don’t want to spend all your money at the resort’s convenience store, so remember to pack the good stuff to protect your skin!sunscreen
  4. Be Comfortable: It is important to look and feel good at the wedding, but dress for the occasion. If you know the ceremony will be on the sand, bring a really cute pair of sandals or wedge heels. Try to avoid any stilettos unless you know you will be on hardscape and not having a quick sand or grass situationshoes
  5. Most Important-Relax and Have a Great Time!! You are there for a close friend or family member’s special day and it is not every day that you can attend a destination wedding, so ENJOY!

Have an Exquisite Week!

An Exquisite Collaboration

April 22nd, 2016

Imagine being able to wear the most luxurious dress worthy of being on any red carpet out there…now imagine that the dress was a table linen and it was draped on you by the one and only Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen.

The idea behind this shoot was a woman hosting one of the most elegant dinners in her backyard

We had so much fun with this collaboration and I even got to play dress up for a day! 😉

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The shoot was done at the Hummingbird Ranch, home to some of the most spectacular grounds in Los Angeles. We were able to explore and take a few other shots around the property….

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Collaborators:

Photography: Joy Marie Photography

Venue: Hummingbird Ranch

Flowers/Decor: White Lilac, Inc

Linen: Wildflower Linens

Makeup/Hair: Beauty by Linda Chiriac

Planner/Coordinator: Exquisite Events

Have an Exquisite Day and see you next week!!

XO

Madiha

Art Deco Grand Finale (Blog 5 of 5)

April 15th, 2016

For our grand finale reception, we decided to design the room around the Art Deco period. Colors chosen were black and gold and we decided to build another room within the ballroom. Custom built chandeliers reminiscent of that era were hung while the existing wrought iron chandeliers came down. We also designed the room with elevations to create further interest. Art Deco patterns were chosen for the walls that also served as interesting bar backs and were lit beautifully. The room was draped in ivory fabric with black valance.

The black dance floor with a gold pattern of Art Deco period further enhanced the look. Long tables and chairs on different levels were dressed in custom linens and chair covers and made the room look expansive. We also re carpeted the room in ivory carpet. All white flowers and candles created a romantic and elegant ambiance.

Guests were enthralled with tunes of Gypsy Kings and various Spanish artists. The couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for first dance, after which guests were treated to Bollywood dancers from Los Angeles. Various entertainers kept the guests occupied during the course of the evening and dance floor stayed packed all night.

Dinner consisted of dishes from various countries and the night lasted until the wee hours of morning. As planners, our goal is to always go above clients expectations and provide them with unparalleled experience. To see our lovely couple and their families enjoy the entire wedding experience and have a wonderful time was exactly what our goal was, which we knew had been accomplished.

Thank you to our partners:

Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thank you so much for reading our 5 blogs on the destination wedding at the One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos!

Stay tuned for more Exquisite Events!

♥EE

A Ruby Red Indian Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico (Blog 4 of 5)

April 8th, 2016

After the reception on Friday, we had one day to execute a very involved Indian Wedding, followed by the grand finale reception. We were envisioning something very Indian in inspiration and therefore reached out to Raj Tents in LA.

The tent structure was 49 X 69 and the color chosen was ivory. Nikki decided to have the flowers in shades of reds from true ruby red to the deepest reds to bring the contrast. Custom chair covers in deep red added to the drama.

The bride’s wish was to incorporate elephants at the beginning of the aisle and after much deliberation, Elena was able to secure two large elephants and Nikki suggested a floral throw for those. The bride’s aisle was fifty feet long and Palmilla was able to provide us with the beautiful lanterns on stands on which the florist hung floral tassels upon Nikki’s request. The end effect was stunning with two large elephants with floral throws at the entrance.

The adjoining cocktail hour had three large raj tents with garden furniture for lounging and matching pillows in hot pink and orange to coordinate with the tents. Cocktail tables had custom linens from Wildflower and the pop of color was a perfect compliment to the beautiful ocean backdrop.

The event started with a festive Barat with the groom on the horse and two drummers from Mexico along with our DJ. Guests were served mango lassi before entering the tent and once everyone was seated, our bride made her entrance on a custom built throne. It was a spectacular sight.

The ceremony took about an hour, after which guests made their way for cocktails where an Indian trio of musicians welcomed them with nostalgic tunes on Bansuri, tabla and harmonium. Guests enjoyed the cocktail area so much that groom made a request to go for another hour. A beautiful sunset was enjoyed by all, as the anticipation for the next event was heightened.

Needless to say, our couple and their families and friends were truly happy and enjoyed the food, ambiance and gorgeous setting. We continued to receive compliments from the couple and guests as to the magical and memorable experience we had provided for them and like all other events, this one came to an end on a very high note as well.

Stay tuned for the grand finale reception in next week’s blog.

Thank you to our partners:

Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thank you for reading and have an Exquisite weekend!

♥ EE

Poolside Dinner Reception at the One and Only Palmilla (Blog 3 of 5)

April 1st, 2016

While the ceremony was going on at the beach, we had a two hour tight window to turn the Agua Pool Deck for a formal dinner. An army of partners were on standby to make this happen in the most seamless manner. Winds were fierce all day and around the time of set up, they kicked up and became very strong. This setup proved to be very challenging as in the original design plan, lots of candles and votives were incorporated due to the bride’s request but it became apparent that was not going to work. We had to be creative in ensuring that menus and place cards stayed intact.

Our setup was all complete by the time our first batch of guests arrived in the golf carts. By now, it had become very cold and a request was made of the venue to provide as many parkas as possible to keep the guests warm and comfortable. We had a lovely four piece jazz band with an amazing vocalist singing beautiful songs. The table was set to the nines with custom linens, chair covers, chargers, and napkins.

Stemware and flatware were polished to perfection and electric candles were glowing. The cake table looked elegant and romantic and the space was completely transformed with ambient lighting. The couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance and soon friends and families joined in. The night was cold but magical and guests did not seem to mind the elements. This night’s dinner was all Italian because that happens to be bride’s favorite cuisine. After a scrumptious meal, cake cutting was planned to sync with a spectacular fireworks display which enchanted the guests.

The client was also very mindful to provide kids activities at each event ranging from piñata toss to roasting s’mores, watching movies, face painting and everything in between. Kids also had their special menu at each event and were kept thoroughly entertained and occupied.

During the time dinner was going on at the deck, our team was busy turning the bar into after party. We wanted to compliment the bar decor with lots of colorful pillows that matched the colors of Mosaik tiles. We also embellished the space with colorful lanterns, votives and cylinders with candles. Lighting was done to make the bar look like a night club . DJ was already playing music provided from the couple’s play list and in a few minutes, everyone was on the dance floor. A delicious array of dessert bar was set to keep guests’ sweet tooth satisfied along with late night snacks.

The DJ kept the crowds dancing till 1 am and like all good things must come to an end, this event came to an end on a very high note. Our team continued to receive compliments from the guests about how special their experience had been and how they were looking forward to the upcoming events. Needless to say, this very important event ended on a very high note too.

Stay tuned for the grand finale in the upcoming weeks!

Thank you to our partners:

Table linens and napkins: Linens, Things and More
Chair covers and cake table linen: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Jazz quartet: Francisco Alatorre
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Catering, Venue, and Fireworks: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next week for part 4!

Have an Exquisite weekend,

♥ EE

 

A Beachfront Catholic Ceremony in Los Cabos (Blog 2 of 5)

March 24th, 2016

The next day, Friday ended up being a very windy day and posed multiple challenges to work on outdoor spaces. We had two outdoor events planned, the Catholic ceremony on the beach and the dinner reception at the Agua Pool Deck with fireworks and then moving on to the Agua Bar for an afterparty. Access to the beach was 11 am and our partners set to work right at that hour.

Our color for the ceremony was all white with hints of blush to compliment the bridesmaids gowns. A simple and elegant structure was erected and embellished by Elena Damy.

The adjoining cocktail area had all white furniture and existing cabanas were dressed in blush and white drapes. Each cabana had a sitting area of white lounge vignette. There were tons of white candles atop tables and steps were lined with white ceramic lanterns in different sizes. Lighting had been installed the night before to ensure smooth transition to the reception site as well as create a lovely mood.

The guests were welcomed by an acoustic guitarist playing lovely tunes. A large mirror in white frame bearing ceremony program in hand calligraphy was the first visual as guests entered the ceremony space. They were also offered to slip out of their shoes and don flip flops. Parasols were provided for the ones who preferred shade. The bride had also provided lovely ribbons in blush to use at recessional. Each sign was hand painted in blush on white board to create a cohesive look.

After the ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail area where a quartet entertained them and they were served a blush Mexican drink. The couple had opted to take this time to take some photos. The guestbook sat atop a table with small envelopes and cards for guests to write special messages for the couple. Lot of guests decided to take a stroll on the beach while others enjoyed delectable hors d’ oeuvres that were continuously tray passed with a bar offering all delicious libations.

Needless to say, a spectacular sunset was enjoyed by all before they transitioned to the Agua Bar. A dedicated golf cart for the couple bearing the sign “Just Married” in white and blush waited close to Turtle Beach for their grand entrance.

Thank you to our Partners:

Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Flowers: Elena Damy
Rentals: Del Cabo
Production: Victor Valdes
Guitarist: Alonso
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Reverend: Rodrigo
Photo/video:  Alec & T
Planning and design: Nikki & Madiha Khan Exquisite Events

Stay tuned for the reception and after party in the upcoming Friday!

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Have an Exquisite weekend and we’ll see you here next week!

♥EE

Feature in Hello Pakistan November 2015

March 22nd, 2016

Thank you for the feature, Hello! Pakistan 

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